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Scientists Turn To DNA Technology To Search For Loch Ness Monster

Scientists Turn To DNA Technology To Search For Loch Ness Monster

LONDON (Reuters) – A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may discover whether Scotland’s fabled monster really does, or did, exist. The use of eDNA sampling is already well established as a tool for monitoring marine life like whales and sharks. Whenever a […]

Legend of Loch Ness monster facing DNA testing

Legend of Loch Ness monster facing DNA testing

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland‘s Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths. But now the legend of "Nessie" may have no place left to hide. A New Zealand scientist is leading an international team to the lake […]

Feel awkward unfollowing that Instagrammer? Just click ‘mute‘

Feel awkward unfollowing that Instagrammer? Just click ‘mute‘

Instagram has announced that it is rolling out a new ability to secretly ‘mute‘ annoying accounts — for both posts and stories. Here‘s how it‘s done… Instagram is finally letting users block stories and posts from Instagrammers that they may find annoying. To put it kindly, users can ‘personalize their feed;‘ in other words, they can ‘mute‘ people they follow […]

Study offers new look at why our brains evolved to be so big

Study offers new look at why our brains evolved to be so big

NEW YORK — Why do people have such big brains? Some researchers asked a really powerful brain — a computer — and got back a surprising answer. In relation to body size, our brains are huge, about six times larger than one would expect from other mammals. And this three-pound organ sucks up fully 20 per cent of the body‘s […]

Archeologists discover Greco-Roman era building in Egypt

Archeologists discover Greco-Roman era building in Egypt

CAIRO — Egyptian archeologists say they have discovered parts of a huge red brick building dating back to the Greco-Roman period north of Cairo. The Antiquities Ministry says Wednesday the building was found in the Sa El-Hagar archeological site in Gharbia province. It says archeologists found a gold coin depicting King Ptolemy III, who ruled Egypt in the 3rd century […]

Digital Life: Cutting back on a constant smartphone habit

Digital Life: Cutting back on a constant smartphone habit

NEW YORK — Why are we checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, then Facebook again when we just wanted to check the weather? Turns out, smartphone addiction is by design. Think of the constant stream of notifications, colour schemes in apps and all the "likes," followers and in-game trophies. Our phones and apps are designed to give us short-term, feel-good rewards, so […]

Twitter introduces 3 new features and kills off 3 others

Twitter introduces 3 new features and kills off 3 others

Out with the old, in with the new. Twitter‘s main account has just introduced three new features (night-time mode, real-time updates and updated compose box) while for fans of Twitter‘s tv apps. Twitter‘s three new features may already be familiar to users with the iOS or Android Twitter app but they may come in handy for those using mobile., Twitter […]